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Facebook user gains instant fame streaming Mundine v Green live

Sporting News logo Sporting News 3/02/2017

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 03:  Australian boxers Anthony Mundine and Danny Green fight during their cruiserweight bout at Adelaide Oval on February 3, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images) © Morne de Klerk/Getty Images/Getty Images ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 03: Australian boxers Anthony Mundine and Danny Green fight during their cruiserweight bout at Adelaide Oval on February 3, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images) Darren Sharpe is unlucky Australia Day has already come and gone, because he has mounted a strong case to be awarded Australian of the Year.

Sharpe did all Australians a huge favour on Friday night, after he ordered Anthony Mundine v Danny Green on Mainevent, and proceeded to stream it live on Facebook for the best part of an hour.

At last count, Sharpe’s feed – screened via the TV in his lounge-room - had attracted 112k watching live (about $7 million worth of pay per view action right there on Facebook for everyone to see), 1.3m views, 33k shares and tens of thousands of comments from fight fans thanking him for providing free access.

Australian boxers Anthony Mundine and Danny Green hug after their cruiserweight bout © Morne de Klerk/Getty Images Australian boxers Anthony Mundine and Danny Green hug after their cruiserweight bout

But cruelly, the axe fell just as the night was reaching its climax.

“I’ve just got a call from Foxtel threatening to sue me if I don’t stop. I’m not sure if they can do that or not, but sorry guys I’m going to have to turn it off,” Sharpe said shortly before Mundine and Green entered the ring.

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That left fans scrambling for other livestream feeds or racing to their nearest pub.


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